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  • Sony Rolls Out Two New Tablets to Challenge the iPad


    Not one, but two - that's how many new tablet computers Sony raised the curtain on today. The consumer electronics behemoth is optimistic about the chances its two Google Android-based touchscreen tablets have at competing with Apple's presently untouchable iPad and iPad 2.

    According to Sony, both tablets will reach consumers this fall, Reuters is reporting. The tablets, called S1 and S2, will use an operating system based on Google's Android 3.0. They are WiFi and 3G/4G compatible. One of the models will even sport two screens.

    Kunimasa Suzuki, deputy president of the consumer products and services group, says the S1 has a 9.4-inch display while S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded. Avid video-gamers, in particular, have substantial reason for excitement. The tablets will allow gamers to enjoy PlayStation games on the new devices.

    Sales of tablet devices are expected to quadruple to about 294 million units between 2011 and 2015, with almost half that Android-based, research firm Gartner has forecast.
    "Although it's a late comer in the market, it has potential as what you need is just one big uniqueness that can sell to customers be it design or whatever," said Lee Sun-tae, an analyst at Meritz Securities in Seoul. "By the same token it can be just one of another Android phones flooding the market amid intensifying competition."

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sony Rolls Out Two New Tablets to Challenge the iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 93 Comments
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      Really funny. Motorola released one Failed ! Samsung released one. FAILED ! Sony is releasing one, WILL PROB FAIL! No competition and Android based devices all run the same except they all carry different name, size, and specifications. Nothing close to iPad specifications and quality.
      I don't think any tablet fails. It's all a matter of personal choice. In what way do they "Fail"? Cause they don't sell as much? As far as Android based devices all run the same, that can be said about the iPad 1 and 2 since the Apple based devices all run the same.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      Dam so many apple fan boys in here, I bet half of you have a ps3!!!! The fact that this thing can play playstation games, makes it interesting to me. I'm sure it will never top the iPads, but competition is good. Duh!
      Do keep in mind that.......
      1. This "is" an apple forum.(rather a forum dealing with Apple products). Sorry.
      2. Sony will not get much love here, as of lately.

      I personally think Sony waited too long to bring these devices to the table. The S2 seems as though it will be like an expensive Nintendo DS/3DS (but obviously with a lot more functionality). Regardless..... I myself am staying away from /ALL/ Sony products.
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      Dam so many apple fan boys in here, I bet half of you have a ps3!!!! The fact that this thing can play playstation games, makes it interesting to me. I'm sure it will never top the iPads, but competition is good. Duh!
      That got my attention also, perhaps we can see who is online and be able to send them a message. Or maybe take your avatar from Home and have some sort of mini games or challenges they have to do in the real world to get "money"
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      This fall?! Yay! Another device that won't hit the shelves for 6 months. By that time Apple will have saturated the market with the iPad 2. No chance at this being a success.
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      Dam so many apple fan boys in here, I bet half of you have a ps3!!!! The fact that this thing can play playstation games, makes it interesting to me. I'm sure it will never top the iPads, but competition is good. Duh!
      I'm not an apple fan boy and never own a playstation on my life I don't even like video games I think video games make u lazy sorry guys I know most of u like video games lol but I just love my iPhone 4 and I don't like Sony cuz of geo law sue
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Companies need to stop trying to beat Apple at their own game and instead find something Apple hasn't done yet and go forth with it vigorously. Apple will always be way ahead in the tablet and smartphone game because they pretty much started them both and are years ahead in development.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      I don't think any tablet fails. It's all a matter of personal choice. In what way do they "Fail"? Cause they don't sell as much? As far as Android based devices all run the same, that can be said about the iPad 1 and 2 since the Apple based devices all run the same.
      So you would buy android based tablet over iPad? Anytime?

      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      I don't think any tablet fails. It's all a matter of personal choice. In what way do they "Fail"? Cause they don't sell as much? As far as Android based devices all run the same, that can be said about the iPad 1 and 2 since the Apple based devices all run the same.
      If you dont make $$ on it, it fails you spent money making it and people are buying something different or they dont want it. Apple devices all run the same iOS, you're right, but it's their own brand their own software. You dont see Apple importing Android on their devices.

      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      This fall?! Yay! Another device that won't hit the shelves for 6 months. By that time Apple will have saturated the market with the iPad 2. No chance at this being a success.
      Thank you !
    1. c0dy's Avatar
      c0dy -
      The competition is lukewarming up!
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by IXAdamOwnzXI View Post
      Wow that was so funny I forgot to laugh.

      No wait it was just incredibly stupid.
      Along with your terrible grammar you have got to be really stupid. Looks like you're eligible then.
      Wat da fruk esh wong wid yoo?

      Lmao
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Sony makes quality products, I'd get one.
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      So you would buy android based tablet over iPad? Anytime?
      I would buy a tablet that is capable of doing what i need it to do, regardless if it's an Apple or Android tablet.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      I am sure Sony will tweak Android OS a bit to fit what they need on their tablet, in any case I am going to get one to play with.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Yay Sony tablets!!!! Jailbreak/root them and get sued.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Yay Sony tablets!!!! Jailbreak/root them and get sued.
      Haha
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Essenar View Post
      The double screen folding one will be an epic double fold of fail. Devices like that are never good. It's like having a Chinese knock off iPhone with a bottle cap opener and a Swiss army knife integrated into one device called the iWhat.
      What about the Nintendo DS? I think that was genius. +1 for the iWhat though.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      This fall?! Yay! Another device that won't hit the shelves for 6 months. By that time Apple will have saturated the market with the iPad 2. No chance at this being a success.
      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      I would buy a tablet that is capable of doing what i need it to do, regardless if it's an Apple or Android tablet.
      You know you'd buy and Android tablet over Apple tablet. No more questions.

      You'd buy an Android*
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Sony makes quality products, I'd get one.
      Did u miss the whole thing with geohot, or did u just fall off the earth for a day or two?
    1. 5h4d0w's Avatar
      5h4d0w -
      Still participating in a life-long Sony boycott, so, no thanks. Not to mention it'll be running Android, created by another company I will have nothing to do with.

      Type the words "Sony Tablet Jailbreak" on one of them and get an alert stating that Sony has just filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against you.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Did u miss the whole thing with geohot, or did u just fall off the earth for a day or two?

      Did Geohot somehow made Sony electronics unreliable? Did users of PS3 (jailbroken/rooted) taken to court? Why must I get all hysterical over something that was already settled in court (last I recall).
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      You know you'd buy and Android tablet over Apple tablet. No more questions.

      You'd buy an Android*
      And you know that for a fact how?